Wilcox Park (Westerly, RI)

Date Visited: April 30, 2016

Location: 44 Broad St, Westerly, RI

Cost: Free

Hours: Open from dawn to 9 p.m., 365 days a year

Parking:  There is not a designated parking lot for Wilcox Park.  But, you should be able to find off street parking.

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Wilcox Park is not your average park.  In fact,  it is unique in many different ways.  One thing that makes Wilcox Park unique is that it is not part of the DCR or any other city or governmental body.  Wilcox Park is privately operated by the Westerly Public Library’s Board of Trustees.  The library, located on the grounds of the park, and a group of volunteers help keep the grounds clean and orderly.  They rely on donations and fundraisers.

Westerly Library is attached to the park at the entrance.  The library’s beautiful architecture of the building is both artful yet modest.  It complements the beauty of the park and seems right in place.  There are also benches for visitors to unwind and perhaps read a book from the library’s collection.

There are also a number of statues in the grounds of the library.

 

As you entered the park, one of the first statues you will see is the statue of Christopher Columbus sculpted by Ciriaco (or “Charles” as he was commonly known as) Pizzano in 1949.  Originally from Avellino, Italy, Pizzano was living in Medford, Massachusetts, when he decided to sculpt this statue, appropriately, out of Westerly granite.

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The inscription reads:

 

CRISTOFORO COLOMBO
INTREPID ITALIAN EXPLORER
WHO LINKED THE OLD WORLD OF
OUR FATHERS TO THE NEW WORLD
OF OUR SONS

On the back of the pedestal:

DEDICATED
BY
THE CITIZENS
OF
WESTERLY AND PAWCATUCK
A.D. 1949

Somewhere Leif Erikson is rolling around in his grave.

Down the staircase from the entrance to the park is a fountain (which was not running when I went to visit due to the still cold temperatures).  The Wilcox Memorial Fountain was designed by John Francis Paramino in 1898 and was dedicated in honor of Harriet and Stephen Wilcox who had donated the land for the park.

There are a variety of beautiful trees, plants, bridges and statues at Wilcox Park.

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There is also a pond along the trails at Wilcox Park.  It is populated with Koi fish

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ducks

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There’s room for two on this thing, right?

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and baby turtles.  I couldn’t find his mommy but I am sure she was nearby.

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and rabbits

The bronze Runaway Bunny statue was dedicated in 1998 by Connecticut sculptor Joan Binney Ross.  it is based on the book of the same name by Margaret Wise Brown.  Unfortunately, the bunny has been the target of vandalism, predictably.  But, it has been restored after each attack.  Cameras are now installed liberally around the park to deter vandalism or catch the vandals.

This fella just wanted to play with the ducks

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This sculpture sort of looked like a face to me.  A very ugly face.

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Dogs are allowed at Wilcox Park.  Bandit, a Siberian Husky, had fun playing in the park.  Apparently, Bandit earned his nickname because he “takes things”.  What a beautiful dog.  He caught my eye because of his handsome markings and his very cute smile. You can tell he’s a “bandit” based on his playful grin.

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About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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